Katie, Stacey and more

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2010

With Katie Waissel through to the live final stage of this year's X Factor, some might compare her to 2009 finalist Stacey Solomon. Here are some other Jewish songstresses Katie could turn to for inspiration.

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Hall of Fame: Neil Sedaka

October 4, 2010

"I am a Jew, and I'm convinced that Israel is the homeland.

"When my grandson celebrates his bar mitzvah, I hope we'll do it in Jerusalem."

Watch a vintage Neil Sedaka performance of 'Oh Carole' here


Aronofsky, Leigh shortlisted for BFI film award

By Jennifer Lipman, September 29, 2010

Two Jewish directors have been nominated for the Best Film award at this year’s London Film Festival.

Darren Aronofsky has made the shortlist for the thriller Black Swan, which stars the Jerusalem-born actress Natalie Portman as a ballerina consumed by jealousy of her co-star.


Graham Norton, Al Murray and the Jewish joke

By Jenni Frazer, September 28, 2010

Al Murray is telling a Jewish joke. And Davina McCall and Brian Ferry are joining in. And, oh, look, there's actor Miranda Hart. And Boy George.

And writer Sanjeev Bhaskar (whose shrug goes right up past his ears). And that burlesque dancer, the fabulously named Immodesty Blaize. And comedians Shazia Mirza and Phil Cornwell. And tv presenter Jamie Theakston. And isn't that Graham Norton?


Cilla Black honours 'fifth Beatle'

By Barry Toberman, September 28, 2010

The cultural contribution of Brian Epstein has been saluted in central London with the unveiling of a heritage plaque by Cilla Black outside the former management office of “the fifth Beatle”.

In 1963, Epstein moved his NEMS administrative operation from Liverpool to 13 Monmouth Street, in the Seven Dials area between Covent Garden and Leicester Square and worked from there until the following year.


Pink Floyd star in 'antisemitism' row

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2010

An American Jewish organisation has become embroiled in a row with the lead singer of British rock band Pink Floyd.

The Anti Defamation League (ADL) has criticised Roger Waters for “crossing a line into antisemitism” after it emerged that he will use a planned concert to juxtapose a Jewish symbol with the dollar sign.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Mr Waters revealed that during his forthcoming tour he will be performing in front of a projection showing Israel dropping bombs in the shape of stars of David, followed by the dollar symbol.


Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne tour Jerusalem

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2010

The Western Wall and other tourist spots in Jerusalem have made a “great impression” on heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne.

The singer, in Israel for the Tel Aviv leg of his OzzFest tour, spent a day touring around the Old City of Jerusalem.

Accompanied by his Jewish wife Sharon, he also visited Holocaust museum Yad Vashem. Mr Osbourne said: “We were very pleased to have the opportunity to come to Israel and visit the holy sites.”


Ozzy Osbourne talks Israel ahead of concert

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2010

Ozzy Osbourne has defied calls to boycott a performance in Israel this week.

The heavy metal star, who arrived in Israel on Sunday for the Tel Aviv leg of his OzzFest tour, said he had “no time” for politics.

“Politicians don't understand me and I don't understand them."

His wife Sharon, the daughter of the late Jewish music impresario Don Arden, added: "Britain has the IRA and no one cancels concerts there."

The former Black Sabbath singer also blamed the fact that he had not performed in Israel before on being “drunk for years.”


Rachel Weisz to star in Peter Morgan drama

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2010

Rachel Weisz is to star in a new “psychosexual drama” written by Jewish director Peter Morgan.

The London-born actress, who recently appeared in The Lovely Bones, will play the lead in the upcoming film 360.

The film will be a loose adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s play Reigen and will reunite her with Fernando Meirelles, who directed her in the thriller The Constant Gardener.


On this day: Fiddler on the Roof opens on Broadway

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2010
The story of Tevye the milkman, his meddling wife and five willful daughters needs little introduction.

With songs including If I were a rich man and Matchmaker, Matchmaker, it has become one of most popular shows in history and been revived across the world.

Set against the backdrop of Tsarist Russia and the pogroms, the show had its origins in the Shalom Aleichem story Tevye and his daughters, and took its title from Marc Chagall’s painting The Fiddler.